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Motivating Disengaged Learners Using iPads and Creativity

If you’re looking for innovative and creative ways to engage pupils who are disengaged from traditional reading and writing then this course is for you. This is a hands on course which explores a range of iPad apps to help encourage pupils to engage with reading and writing. Using a combination of video, animation, photos and interactive apps you will have an opportunity to explore and trial numerous apps and techniques that you can use to stimulate creative, interactive and fun learning in the classroom.

This course isn’t about you suddenly becoming a professional musician or film maker but it is about opening up the experience of interactive, engaging learning and artistic creation to a wider audience.

You will have an opportunity to explore the potential of different apps, work collaboratively and create story boards, share ideas and resources and their potential use in class and to showcase your work to other delegates at end of the workshop.

All we ask is that you come along with an open mind, a bit of imagination, some creative spirt and we’ll help with the rest.



course cost is £120

Ref: BA3

What you'll learn on the training course

  • Use a range of apps for creating video, music, animation.
  • Explore a range of accessories that can be attached to the iPad to extend and enhance its use.
  • Export or share content between apps to extend their potential.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Teachers
  • Support for Learning staff.

Our trainer(s)

Craig Mill

Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.


About the day


The course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 3:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments

  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the morning;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;
  • A generous lunch to keep you full up.


There are a selection of rooms to cater for varying group sizes. Each person will have access to a laptop or an iPad (if required).

Our courses are run at our training centre at the University of Edinburgh (10 minute walk from Waverley station and just off the Royal Mile).